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Spied: 2016 Honda Pilot Struts New Curves

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/29/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Spied: 2016 Honda Pilot Struts New Curves

Our spy photographers caught a glimpse of the third-generation Pilot testing on city streets before its big debut at the Chicago auto show next month.

What a difference seven years makes. The new Pilot sports a much rounder body than its blocky predecessor, which debuted for the 2008 model year. Up front, the large crossover sports a redesigned grille with honeycomb inserts, and on the side, bold character lines give the Pilot a newly-athletic appeal. A raked rear window and spoiler make it look like an entirely different vehicle from the back too.

2016 Honda Pilot Test Mule© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Honda Pilot Test Mule

Also expect entirely new lighting for the 2016 model year. Three sets of lights can be seen in front, including the large headlights at the top, round fog lamps, and thin lights in between the two. It is possible Honda is going for a lighting package similar to what is available on the Jeep Cherokee. In the rear, C-shaped LED headlights give the Pilot a refined look.

Along with an updated interior and large touchscreen, expect significant mechanical changes. The 2016 Honda Pilot will share a chassis with the Acura MDX and will be offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Under the hood, look for an updated version of the current Pilot's 3.5-liter V-6 with more power than the current model's 250 horses. The engine should also get direct-injection, stop-start tech, and improved fuel economy.

The Pilot goes into production later this summer. In the meantime, look for it at the 2015 Chicago auto show February 12 alongside the Acura RDX and a styling preview of the new Ridgeline pickup.

Photo Source: Chris Doane Automotive

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